The Fort Miles Historical Association will salute the 800 brave men and women born in Delaware who died during World War II at a ceremony set for 11 a.m. Sept. 2 at Fort Miles Historical Area, 15099 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes.
The ceremony will take place at the foot of the Museum’s Big Gun — the 16-inch gun barrel that was on the turret of the USS Missouri in 1945, on which the Japanese Imperial Forces surrendered to Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
After a recitation of MacArthur’s speech that was given aboard the Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945, the names of these men and women will be read at the ceremony. A chime from a vintage military bell will be rung as each name is announced.
The salute at the Big Gun is located at the main entrance to The Fort Miles Museum’s Battery 519. Battery 519 will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. allowing for free self-guided tours, with FMHA docents on hand to provide information regarding the numerous exhibits inside Battery 519.
The Battery 519 Gift Shop and the Visiting Artists Gallery will be open during these same hours. In addition to the museum, related items and novelties can be purchased in the gift shop, and visitors can purchase prints of works by artists Howard Schroeder and Paul Rendel located in the Visiting Artists Gallery. Original sketches completed in conjunction with the annual “Delaware Goes to War” open house that took place earlier this year will also be displayed and available for purchase.
For more, visit fortmilesha.org.